The short answer: You do not have to see a doctor that accepts Medicare or your insurance.
Independent primary care physicians can not only care for you, but they can also refer you to specialists and facilities for diagnostic testing (labs, imaging, etc.).
In Reno, there are very few choices when it comes to healthcare. One of the largest healthcare systems in Northern Nevada is Renown. With the recent news that Renown Healthcare was possibly going to stop accepting Anthem Blue Cross (BCBS) insurance effective August 1st, 2019, many were faced with the possibility that they may “lose” their doctor. This is disheartening and certainly provoked anger and/or anxiety. However, this also sheds light on the deeper issues that exist within the insurance-driven U.S. healthcare system.
Dr. Christopher Highley’s practice, Preferred Family Medicine, brings to Reno, Nevada a new take on an old model of care called Direct Primary Care. This week, Preferred Family Medicine will be hosting an open house in conjunction with a Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 25th, 2019.